Council on a long recovery
GEELONG’S administrators have warned that the new councillors will need to buy-in on the internal changes at City Hall, declaring the work may not be complete until at least 2020.
The outgoing administrators will finish their roles in a fortnight, with a new 11-councillor team to be elected on October 28.
In a pointed remark about the impact of reducing their term to 18 months, chief administrator Kathy Alexander said there was a lot more work to be done in evolving the council’s culture.
“While we’ve managed to lay a solid foundation for almost all the commission of inquiry’s recommendations, it could take more than four years to fully embed this work in the organisation,” she said.
“It will therefore require the full support and engagement of the new council.”
The government-led commission of inquiry uncovered a raft of issues with councillors and staff, leading the Parliament to dismiss councillors and appoint three administrators.
The trio have overseen a “transformation program”, which includes putting better administrative support in place for the next era of councillors.